Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970s. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... and ultimately, murder.Written by
Screenwriter Nicholas Kazan originally wrote in the script a scene in which after Brad Sr. and Brad Jr. "do laundry", Brad Sr. takes little Brad to a whorehouse. The scene was not filmed due to "reasons beyond his control". See more »
When Brad Sr is being walked into the courthouse after being arrested, the building behind him is the Williamson County Bank located in Franklin, Tennessee not in Pennsylvania where the events took place. See more »
[referring to the TV]
I need some sleep. You turn that damn thing on again, I'll beat the Jesus out of you.
Brad Whitewood Jr.:
There ain't no Jesus in me, Ernie.
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This raw look at small town hoods brutally exposes us to a portion of society rarely depicted in movies. Souped-up cars and small time heists are nothing new, but `At Close Range' is really more The Godfather' than `Bonnie and Clyde'.
Disobedient kids, worthless mom, ineffective stepfather. Every day we hear tell of it on Montel, Jerry Springer, and Sally. Here, we see it, here we live it.
James Foley does his best work here, you might think it funny to call a film with a lot of 4x8 paneling and muscle shirts stylish' but this film has its own distinctive style, in many ways reminding me of Michael Mann's very stylish `Thief'
Christopher Walken is nothing short of spectacular. Both the Penn brothers (Sean and Chris) do very strong turns as sons of this verrry badddd man.
Great story, powerful performances. All too real. Even a bit of a storybook ending doesn't tarnish this one.
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